It’s time for those ‘flu jabs!
With autumn approaching, it’s time to prepare for the usual bouts of colds and ‘flu that winter always seems to bring
Both Blandford surgeries are asking patients to book for the annual flu jabs during the following Saturdays:
Anyone over 65, patients with particular health conditions such as asthma, and carers will be invited by text, letter or prescription reminder to make an appointment for one of the special Saturday sessions above. The parents of all children born between 1.9.2013 and 31.8.2015 should also book flu nasal sprays at their surgery. School age children will have them at school
Alternatively, if you’re visiting your Doctor or nurse on another matter, you can always ask for your flu jab at the same time. Doctors will have supplies of the flu vaccine available in the surgery in the coming weeks.
If you have been invited but don’t want your flu vaccine, please inform the surgery. You will still be invited again next year!
It is also a good idea to stock up now on cold relief products in readiness. If you need any help with what to buy, your local pharmacy will be able to advise.
The impact of missed doctors’ appointments
Lots of people comment about the time they have to wait to get a routine doctor’s appointment. However, the sad fact remains that, for a variety of reasons, patients missing appointments each year add up to about 7 weeks of wasted doctor and nurse time each year which has a serious impact on waiting times.
Reasons for missing appointments range from patients who are too ill to come to the surgery, hospitalisation, memory problems, to too many patients who just forget, feel better, or who are too busy to bother to attend. Both surgeries in Blandford work hard to cut the number of missed appointments. Texting reminders has been a success story, but only if the surgery has an up to date mobile number or email address.
So, what can you do to cut waiting times?
You can easily cancel your appointment by phone, online, email (Eagle House) or text. Please see the Eagle House or Whitecliff Surgery websites, or ask at your surgery reception, for more information.
Finally, if you are moving out of the area, don’t forget to tell the surgery too.
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